Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Eating Out: Carina Leagues Club

Typically, your local leagues club isn't a place you'd think would have anything for a vegan to eat. Things are changing, slowly, but more places are starting to offer options. Still, not necessarily somewhere I would go unless I had to for something else. A few months ago, I had to go to Carina Leagues Club for a work thing. One thing I did know about them was that they had vegan doughnuts - I saw them advertising them as I drove past once and that is a bad thing to distract a vegan driver with! The non-vegans at work had platters of things like party pies and mini quiches and what not. But myself and another mostly vegan vet were given their standard vegan menu to order off.

Their are only three vegan options on the menu, and they are pretty much what you'd expect. The other vet picked the Tofu Stir-fry, which comes with a choice of rice or rice noodles. Why did I not pick this one? Because it had a chilli sauce all over it. She said it was very good.

Tofu Stir-Fry at Carina Leages Club

Deprived of tofu, I went with the Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto with pumpkin and no parmesan for vegans. Yeah, risotto. It was actually not bad. I didn't eat all of it, because I had already had dinner a couple of hours earlier (because I really didn't trust that I would get much at all). I wanted to take my leftovers home, but they said that they legally weren't allowed to do that. Ugh. Anyway, I just went to my car and grabbed a container and put it in there myself and took it home anyway. I'm not going to let a whole bunch of food go to waste. Now, I realised that I was very silly and forgot to take a photo of it! So please enjoy this photo of leftovers that I took for lunch the next day. I added the spinach and the peas. Imagine the risotto on a nice plate, with a big wedge of pumpkin on it.

Vegan Pumpkin Aparagus Mushroom Risotto from Carina Leagues Club

Dessert for everyone was doughnuts. And it turns out that they were all vegan doughnuts, so I ate away! They were really good. I tucked a couple up in a napkin and also took them home illegally as well. I am a rebel!

Cinnamon Doughnut at Carina Leages Club

If you are wondering, the third vegan option on the menu is a Roasted Pumpkin Salad (minus the ricotta to make it vegan). So the vegan food options are solid, but basic. But the doughnuts are very fun! There are way better places to go, I wouldn't go to eat there just for the sake of going there, but if you ever need to go there for a work or family or other event, rest assured you will at least be satisfied.

Carina Leages Club - 1390 Creek Rd, Carina, QLD

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post


Meet Tulip, one of Petal's kittens. Tulip is a sweet little tuxedo floof. She loves sleeping in this box of syringes in pharmacy. Very comfortable, she says!


  1. The risotto looks delicious; I'm glad you were able to sneak your leftovers out, and some donuts, too!
    Tulip is adorable; I love her whiskers!

    1. It was pretty nice as far as risottos go! No way was I going to let it end up in the bin.

  2. You crack me up! I might do the same thing. I hate wasting food. Risotto is so fun sometimes, but I know what you mean about not having many options at a lot of places.

    1. I wasn't exactly hiding what I was doing either, but there were enough people around that I think they didn't notice. Or maybe they did but they just didn't care enough to go and tell off the weird woman with her own containers. ;)